New Delhi: N. Ravi, Publisher and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, was on Saturday unanimously elected Chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI). Vijay Kumar Chopra, Chief Editor of the Punjab Kesari Group of newspapers, was elected Vice-Chairman.
N Ravi succeeds ViveckGoenka, Chairman and Managing Director of the Express Group.The elections took place at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the news agency following the company’s 70th annual general meeting here.
“In the incoming Chairman … we have been blessed with a person who brings with him formidable intellect, foresight, knowledge and wisdom,”Goenka said. “I am certain that he will enhance PTI’s reputation and ensure its financial viability.”
Besides Mr. Ravi, Mr. Chopra and Mr. Goenka, the PTI Board members are Mahendra Mohan Gupta (DainikJagran), K.N. Shanth Kumar (Deccan Herald), Vineet Jain (Times of India), Riyad Mathew (MalayalaManorama), Aveek Kumar Sarkar (Anand Bazar Patrika), M.P. Veerendra Kumar (Mathrubhumi), R. Lakshmipathy (Dinamalar), Hormusji N. Cama (Bombay Samachar), Justice R.C. Lahoti, Deepak Nayyar, Shyam Saran and J.F. Pochkhanawalla.
Mr. Ravi has been the chairman of the India chapter of the International Press Institute and a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute, Vienna.
He was president of the Editors’ Guild of India and had been a member of the National Integration Council from 2006 to 2008.Ravi has won several academic awards, including a gold medal in constitutional and international law.
He joined The Hindu in 1972, where he served as a reporter, a leader writer, the Washington correspondent, a Deputy Editor and an Associate Editor. He was Editor from 1991 to 2011 and Editor-in-Chief from October 2013 to January 2015.